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No New York [Vinyl]
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As with all great punk compilations this is really the equivilent of 4 great eps. There is not a weak song on this comp. If you listen to the entire catalogs of each band I think it's fair to say this is the best stuff each band ever did, although I'm not gonna make a big deal about it particularly because each band also did marvelous other releases. TEENAGE JESUS and the JERKS, DNA and Mars each ended up only doing another half hour to an hour's worth of music, all together on some 12"s and 7"s and, come to think of it, none of the three of them even did one album (not counting the reissue albums of recent years that are a collection of their 7"s, eps, 12"s and compilation trax).
Of course, JAMES CHANCE and the CONTORTIONS/JAMES WHITE and the BLACKS did a number of albums over the years, mainly in the 80's and, if you ask me, the earliest ones were the best.
Sure, this isn't hardcore punk. It's not anything I ever heard come out of England or any other punk producing country either (Spain, Finland, Italy, Brasil, Japan, Australia, Canada and, of course, the U.S. among others). This album is filled with that high falutin' high class, sophisticated attitude. It's a New York thing baby. In punk, as in rock 'n roll before big corporate music companies homogonized the U.S.Read more ›
If none of that sounds unpleasant to you, buy this album. It is fantastic music for those who don't mind a little noise. A snapshot in time of a transitional movement that could very easily have been lost to the underground scene that created it. It is a sound destined to be fleeting, but well worth saving for posterity.
Some critic described No Wave as "music for people who hate music" and this seems true. Appreciation requires shutting down most of your normal human responses to music. This experiment died because it reached the end of a certain idea about punk rock. It's arty and painful, solipsistic on purpose, expression without empathy. Where could it go? Great book about this period: Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984.
This is a nice copy. It's my 1st CD copy that has ever had a 3-pane foldout cover. MY ONLY COMPLAINT is that this edition of the album has no lyrics sheet. The lyrics to this particular album are an essential part of the experience. Leaving out the lyrics sheet is an egregious oversight on the part of those responsible for releasing this edition of "No New York". The bands and the music, I rate a solid 5 STARS, easily. The packaging of this edition, as sumptuous as it is, gets 2 points out of 5 off for leaving out the lyrics sheet.
Sitting down with the LP of this and reading the words to the songs as I listened, was mind-blowing, and has gone down as one of my most memorable life experiences.
DNA is the classic trio with Arto Lindsay who went on to Brasilian Bosa Nova, beautiful male voiced twinge of crazy git-dom, enough to keep making records every 2 years or so. But in DNA he battered his guitar, the Asian gal on bass sang her guts out and R.L. Crutchfield (right?) played drums and did a mean album or so of his own back in the day. Worth finding and hearing. But as a band, DNA only did like two 7"s and a 12". They've recently released a best of CD and had a Japanese CD release of their last CBGB's gig. Almost painful guitar sound but any fan of TEENAGE JESUS and the JERKS would love it. I still do.
Speakin' of which, Lydia Lunch did her best (only?) guitar work with TJatJ's on every song they ever released. They're famed for only doing like five minute gigs. They lived fast and died young (as a band). I've always considered her guitar work with this band to be the ultimate punk guitar sound. Really quite grating but enjoyable, if, well, yer a bit of a nut and like yer music hard but don't have to have it be hardcore.
JAMES CHANCE and the CONTORTIONS (or is he JAMES WHITE and the BLACKS on this album? I forget) does some of his tighest stuff ever on this album and his band is known for bein' super tight. Funk/sax/attitude with Lydia Lunch in the band which only helps (I assume she's in it on this album).
The album is worth it strictly for these three bands. You could stop there. They'd be three perfect 7" releases. But, no, there's more. MARS.Read more ›
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This collection is a great introduction to what was going on in the underground music and art scene of New York City during the late 70's early 80's.Published 10 months ago by Micheal
Thoroughly inaccessible, which was expected. Really interesting stuff.Published 14 months ago by Andy Fiala
Nice compilation of artists that I had not listened to for years.Published 21 months ago by Larry Deemer
Ah, yes! Here is some "missing link" stuff. Non musicians show musicians thst some time pure noise is the appropriate use for your instrument is voice.Published on June 24, 2014 by David Michael Dinsmore
While I believe this is Lydia Lunch's 'vinyl' debut, it's The Contortions who really make this little collection work. Great taste of No Wave.Published on June 14, 2014 by Kurk Schoner
No New York is the famous compilation produced by endlessly talented Brian Eno which documents the New York post-punk/noise movement known as "No Wave". Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by EmperorTomato
...but difficult. I bought this one on vinyl but a few years after it acme out. While it is rightly recognized as a classic since it documents Brian Eno's production of the more... Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by Lovblad